I always love to travel especially to far places and planning the itinerary and packing stuffs can be a challenge! Honestly, I enjoyed planning and packing and never really complained because it means one thing: I AM TRAVELLING AGAIN! So who’s complaining right?
April is Stress- Awareness Month. Travelling is seeing different places, learning and admiring new cultures and meeting new friends. We don’t want to be too stressed before traveling right?
So I came up with some tips that’s been useful for me and I would love to share these to other travelers as well. I understand each traveler/tourist has their own stress-free travel ideas, so not all tips here are for everyone. It might work for some, and not for others. Haha..
Here’s what I’ve been doing before the trip- not in particular order:
- Plan your itinerary ahead of time or you could talk to your travel agent about your plans.
- Choose how you want to travel: backpacking, travel with a group, travel alone or travel with a fixed itinerary (Check out: Globus, Trafalgar and Cosmos Tours)
- Plan your budget for: accommodation, food, airfare, tours, souvenirs, and others.
- Pack your things one week before you leave, so in case you forget something, you still have time to buy them in the mall.
- Research and read about the place you’ll be visiting. It is important to have knowledge beforehand and be aware of the culture of the country you’ll be visiting. Read about their culture, etiquette, government laws etc. Example: Slurping your soup loudly in Asian countries means you enjoy the food while in other countries it is frowned upon.
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months past your arrival date.
- Visit your doctor for a check-up and ask for travel medicines you might need to bring. You don’t want to get sick during your trip!
- Prepare medicines for emergency:
- Stomach ache
- Gas pain
- Allergy medications
- Apply for your VISA and pay attention to all the details and requirements. For UK: They have online visa application. For some countries like Japan and Korea just fill up the application forms and submit all the requirements.
- Arrange your travel insurance.
- Book tickets for popular shows and sights earlier to avoid the long lines. Or join a tour group like Trafalgar wherein they will be the one handling all the ticket reservations ( like in my case: A ticket to the Eiffel Tower second floor!!! ) so you don’t need to wait in line for more than 2 hours.
- Know your luggage limit requirement so as to avoid being charged for excess baggage.
- Check out the taxes and refunds that might be available for visitors.
- Check the location of your hotels – Is it within the City? Or in the province? Know what restaurants, shopping boutiques, souvenir shops and train station/bus station are near your hotels.
- Visit TripAdvisor for reviews of the places, restaurants and hotels. (You can download the app for Android and iOS)
- Always bring a map with you or better yet, download maps from the internet and save it in your phone or iPad/tablet.
- Prepare your gadgets ahead of time. DO NOT forget to bring all the chargers and batteries.
- Have a friend travel with you. You’re lucky enough if that friend knows how to navigate and travel to different places without a need for a tour guide! Discovering places with a friend/s is one of the best experiences you’ll ever had!
- Bring biscuits, some chocolates or candies and water for long trips. (I get hungry every 2 hours! Imagine. HAHA) These help you have enough energy for the whole day. Food can be expensive in other countries too!
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Always remember: CHANGE is inevitable. So be prepared. Life goes on.
*Photos not mine. Credits to the owners.*